Examinations

Foundations of pain medicine examination

Fellowship examination

Long case assessment

Examination reports

 

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in prerequisite knowledge before starting the core training stage by completing the foundations of pain medicine examination.

 

During the course of FPM training, trainees are required to complete two long cases (one in each year of training) and a fellowship examination (consisting of written and viva voce stations). Trainees should be familiar with the format, minimum marks required and eligibility requirements for each of these important examinations.

 

Foundations of Pain Medicine examination

 

We will inform you immediately if the dates below change.

 

Foundations of Pain Medicine examination Dates Closing date
October 2017 Sitting October 27 September 29
January 2018 Sitting January 12 November 30, 2017

 

Registration for the Foundations of Pain Medicine examination is now open. To register, please complete the application form. Late applications and documentation will not be accepted after the closing date for an examination.

 

Venues Time
Brisbane; Townsville; Sydney; Melbourne; Hobart; Canberra and Adelaide Completed
Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong Completed
New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington) Completed

Long cases

Trainees need to complete two long-case assessments during their training, with at least one being completed during the practice development stage. (please see section 11 of the trainee handbook).
 

Second sitting 2017  

NSW - John Hunter Hospital

Saturday September 9

Melbourne - Melbourne Pain Group

Saturday September 2

Christchurch - Burwood Hospital

Tuesday September 12

Brisbane - Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Saturday September 2

Perth - Royal Perth Hospital

Tuesday September 12

Long case assessment criteria have been developed to assist trainees in their preparations.
 

Fellowship examination

 

The fellowship examination consists of written and viva voce stations and is conducted annually in November.

Details of the examination can be found in section 12 of the training handbook. To be eligible to present for the fellowship examination a trainee must:

 

  • Have completed one long case and two in-training assessments (ITAs).
  • Submit an application to the Faculty and pay the required fee by the close of business on the last business day of September prior to the examination.
 
Structured oral viva voce (SOV) and observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) guidelines have been developed to assist trainees in their preparations.
 

Venues and critical dates for 2017

The written component is a two-and-a-half hour examination which consists of 10 short-answer questions. It will be held three weeks prior to the clinical. We will inform you immediately if the dates below change.

 

Closing date for registration                  
 
Written and clinical:
September 29
Written section ANZCA/FPM regional and national offices

October 27

Viva voce Australian Medical Council - National Test Centre
300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 
November 25

To apply, please complete the registration form. Please note the eligibility criteria. 


Late applications and documentation will not be accepted after the closing date for an examination.

 

 

Written Time
Brisbane; Townsville; Sydney; Melbourne; Hobart; Canberra and Adelaide  9-11.30am (local time)
Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong  8-10.30am (local time)
New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington)  11-1.30pm (local time)

 

Examination reports

Examination reports are prepared to provide candidates and supervisors of training with information about the Faculty examination and to assist with preparation for future examinations.
 

Answers provided are not model answers but guides to what might be covered.

 

Some answers contain more information than could be covered in the 15 minutes, but have been included as a teaching aid. The answers provided are considered current, but may be subject to change in the future.

 

Candidates should discuss the reports with their tutors so that they may prepare appropriately for future examinations.

The 2016 report is now available. In future, the exam report will take on a different format and will no long include an appendix.

 

Previous years' examination reports:
2015

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

 

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